It's been a long journey. The past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. From launching the Cup Board Pro business, to making it to Shark Tank, and then waiting for months for the world to finally see our episode, there have been many emotions.
The pressure of the day, the anticipation of giving the pitch, and then the joy of hearing that all of the Sharks would be helping us all made for an unforgettable experience. For the three of us to be able to make our dad's dream a reality by selling out his invention the night of the show, you couldn't have asked for a better ending.
#Repost @matthigginsrse ・・・ Grateful to have been part of such a special pitch last night with @firehousechefstrong and the #CupBoardPro. We were all left speechless when they walked on the @sharktankabc set. Getting to know @kaleyyoung, @youngkeira and @christianyoung22 in meetings and calls over the weeks, I couldn’t believe the grace with which they handled such adversity and the unstoppable drive to carry out their father’s vision. The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in the Young family. — This pitch represents everything I love about #SharkTank, including the impact it has on a company’s sales! Overwhelming response to Cup Board Pro. Unfortunately, it is sold out, but please go to firehousechefky.com right now to get your email on the list for as soon as it’s back in stock! In the meantime, other ways to get involved: — ✅ Purchase this t-shirt (scroll to image 2) at firehousechefky.com — ✅ Donate to the @FDNY Foundation’s Fired Up for a Cure on the Youngs’ GoFundMe (see my story) — ✅ Get on the list to receive an update when Keith Young’s cookbook, “Cooking with the Firehouse Chef,” goes on sale #founders #entrepreneurship #fdny #entrepreneurs
But, really, it's just the beginning. Now the real work begins of making sure our dad's legacy lives on by having families all across America use the Cup Board Pro, just like he wished. If you haven't seen the full episode you can find it below.
As we prepare for the next batch of Cup Board Pros, we're thinking about our parents and how the only reason any of this was possible is because two people fell in love.